Race Weekend Central

Carl Edwards Grabs the Pole for the Food City 500

2016 Bristol I Cup Carl Edwards Car Amy Henderson

(Photo: Amy Henderson)

You didn’t see it coming until it happened. Carl Edwards entered full stealth mode to win the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500, posting a fast lap speed of 127.997 mph in the closing minutes of the final round of qualifying.  Early in the round, Joey Logano and points leader Kyle Busch swapped the top …

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Denny Hamlin Fastest In Friday Cup Practice At Bristol Motor Speedway

Denny Hamlin Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Credit: Mike Neff)

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in Friday’s lone Sprint Cup Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway after turning a lap at 14.913 seconds (128.666 mph). Hamlin’s fast lap came in the final few minutes as teams moved to qualifying trim, which is great news for the man who sat on the pole in last fall’s …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Previews Kevin Harvick’s Throwback Paint Scheme for Darlington

With Labor Day weekend just five months away, throwback schemes for NASCAR’s return to Darlington Raceway are beginning to flood in. In Kevin Harvick‘s case, the sponsor will honor a former driver with a familiar sponsor. On Thursday, Stewart-Haas Racing displayed the paint scheme that Harvick will be racing during the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor …

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Kyle Busch Highlights Texas Warnings List

2016 Texas I Cup Kyle Busch Broom Russell Labounty Nkp

For the second week in a row, the race-winning team in the Sprint Cup Series was warned for an issue found in inspection. Kyle Busch, whose No. 18 team won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, was warned by NASCAR on Wednesday for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice. He was also warned following his …

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Overnight Ratings Decline for Rain Delayed Texas Race

2016 Texas I Cup Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Ratings were down again for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 in the first rain delayed event of the season. According to Sports Media Watch, the race scored a 2.5 overnight rating. This is down 14 percent from last year’s event that scored a 2.9 rating. This marks the lowest overnight rating for any Sprint Cup …

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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to Run Darrell Waltrip Tribute Scheme at Darlington

Stenhouse Throwback

(Photo: Roush Fenway Racing)

It has been 41 years since NASCAR Hall of Fame member and current Fox Sports commentator Darrell Waltrip first pulled into Victory Lane. Honoring the three-time Cup Series champion, Waltrip’s paint scheme for his first victory in 1975 at Nashville will be featured as part of the throwback theme for this year’s Southern 500 at …

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Chase Elliott Scores Career-Best 5th in Duck Commander 500

2016 Cup Texas Chase Elliott Car Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Chase Elliott continues to impress week after week. A transmission change prior to Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 forced the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet to drop to the rear of the field from his fourth-place qualifying position. But when the green flag finally flew, Elliott backed up his qualifying effort, slicing and dicing …

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Martin Truex, Jr., Carl Edwards See Dominant Race Slip Away

2016 Cup Texas Martin Truex Jr. Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Carl Edwards and Martin Truex, Jr. combined to lead both practice sessions (Truex) and the top spot in qualifying (Edwards) for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500, and the pair continued to show their strength, leading a total of 265 of 334 laps Saturday night. But neither driver has the finish to show for their dominance. …

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Austin Dillon Triggers Late Multi-Car Crash

2016 Fontana Cup Austin Dillon Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

A relatively calm Duck Commander 500 erupted late Saturday night when Austin Dillon triggered a multi-car pileup with 46 laps remaining. Dillon got loose in front of Denny Hamlin, slid up the track and spun in front of the field, setting off the melee of cars that kept piling in. When the smoke cleared, a …

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Kyle Busch Sneaks by Martin Truex, Jr. for Texas Sweep

Get out the broom because Kyle Busch has done it again. Following a late-race pass on Martin Truex, Jr. on the final restart, Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after leading just 34 laps. Busch wins for the second straight week in the Sprint Cup Series and fourth straight race …

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Martin Truex, Jr. Paces Final Duck Commander 500 Practice

2016 Cup Texas Martin Truex Jr. Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

The Sprint Cup Series took to Texas Motor Speedway early Friday evening for the final practice session for tomorrow night’s Duck Commander 500. Martin Truex, Jr. topped the charts for the entire session with a fast lap of 192.390 mph (28.068 sec.). Truex, who will start third tomorrow night, ran 51 laps. Polesitter Carl Edwards …

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